It’s no surprise that when I told my kids that this week is National Pizza Week, they jumped up and down with joy! One of my family’s go-to meals is definitely pizza: everyone likes it, it’s easy to customize, and it’s fast to make (or order!).
It’s fruit trivia time! Which fruit originated in China 4,000 years ago and is a relative of the peach? Your first guess might be the nectarine, right? It is, in fact, the petite and beloved apricot- a fruit rich in vitamins A & C. It made its way slowly westward from China, through the Mediterranean, and finally over to North America, where it mainly settled in California. California produces 95% of our country’s apricots. Yum!
In days like these, it’s important to keep our nation unified. What better way than to refresh our minds with a little history lesson about the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance? After all, today is a national holiday celebrating this special oath.
Did you know…
The first American pledge of allegiance (different from the one we recite today) was written by Captain George Thatcher Balch during the Civil War. It goes:
“We give our heads and hearts to God and our country; one country, one language, one flag!”
The pledge we all know today was based on one written by Francis Bellamy in 1892. It goes:
“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”
Congress formally adopted Bellamy’s pledge in 1942, and added the words “Under God” in 1954.
Did you do your meal planning for the week yet? Maybe a Pasta Monday, Taco Tuesday, Pizza Wednesday, Quiche Thursday, and a Bouillabaisse Friday. Wait, Bouill-a-what? Even the most seasoned home chef might not know exactly what a bouillabaisse is, so here you go: it is a fish stew that French fishermen created in the port city of Marseille. The name of the stew comes from “to boil” and “to simmer.”
You can really use any variety of fresh fish and shellfish in the stew, and simmer them with tomatoes, potatoes, celery, and onions. Don’t forget to serve a warm grilled baguette on the side with a traditional French spicy mayonnaise called rouille.
And since the most important ingredient in this fish stew is fish, don’t forget to sharpen your American-Made Cutleryfillet knife before you chop up your ingredients.
There is much debate in the brownie world about what the proper texture should be. Is the best brownie…
Today is National Brownie Day, so you can choose your preferred texture! And if you want, you can add frosting to the top, or any nuts to the batter. Make sure to grab your American-Made CutleryMini Server to cut them up (if you’re willing to share!)
Today, everyone is celebrating one of the most famous holidays- Thanksgiving- with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pies. LOTS of pies!
But did you know that today is actually National Cake Day?
I personally prefer pie to cake, with its buttery crust and endless varieties of fillings. But perhaps we should all give cake a bit of attention today and add it to our Thanksgiving menu. Whether you choose traditional flavors such as vanilla or chocolate, or go the funfetti route, it’ll satisfy your sweet tooth for sure!